We Believe in Being Responsible Members of the Communities Where We Do Business
After the flood: Coming to the aid of our Carolina communities
The flooding following Hurricane Matthew brought devastating hardship to the communities surrounding our operations in the eastern Carolinas. Even while our operations were still reeling, our associates were delivering ice and product donations to assist the community and volunteering to cook and provide meals for their neighbors. In the days that followed, Perdue donated truckloads of product and ice to relief efforts, working through Feeding America and local agencies, and provided more than $60,000 in financial support through the Franklin P. and Arthur W. Perdue Foundation.
A Foundation for Support
The Franklin P. and Arthur W. Perdue Foundation is the charitable giving arm of Perdue Farms. Through grants, we strive to support organizations and programs that benefit the communities where our associates live and work. We strive to strengthen our communities by focusing our efforts on education, agriculture, the environment, health and social services, public safety, and fighting hunger and poverty. We also support events that celebrate the heritages and cultures of our communities.
We have an ongoing pledge to donate a minimum of 2 million pounds of product each year to Feeding America for distribution to community food banks and pantries. We also support local food banks through grants and our associates’ volunteer efforts. In 2000, Feeding America recognized us as New Donor of the Year and later honored us as a Protein Donor of the Year.
Our annual Strike Out Hunger Challenge on Delmarva campaign, a partnership with the Delmarva Shorebirds baseball team, provides challenge grants that bring the community together to support the Food Bank of Delaware, Eastern Shore Branch of the Maryland Food Bank and Food Bank of Southeastern Virginia and the Eastern Shore.
Our Associates Care
Many of our facilities lead their communities in fundraising for such agencies as United Way, March of Dimes and American Cancer Society Relay for Life. Our associates are also active in mentoring and educational programs and environmental groups, serve on the boards of nonprofits, support cultural and civic events, and respond to crises in their communities.
Associates across the company are also involved annually in “Project Clean Stream.” In 2016, Perdue associates across 11 states, along with their family members and friends, removed 40,000 pounds of trash and debris from streams, woods and roadways as part of the company’s ninth
annual Project Clean Stream. Perdue joined Project Clean Stream, a Chesapeake Bay-area grassroots program, in 2008. In 2011, Perdue expanded the concept across the company. Since 2008, more than 5,800 volunteers have removed in excess of 184 tons of trash from nearly 300 sites.
Our Perdue Transportation drivers are equally active, participating in "Wreaths Across America"; the "World’s Longest Truck Convoy" to support Special Olympics; and Operation "Teddy Bear," which provides truck rides each year to developmentally disabled residents of the Holly Center in Salisbury, Md.
Poultry Farms: Good Policies Make Good Neighbors
If you live around farming, you know that agricultural activities involve some noise, dust and odors. We support right-to-farm laws, but also accept our role in having responsible policies for new poultry house constriction.
Before offering a contract to a prospective farmer, we take into account neighboring property considerations and environmental and biosecurity concerns. This includes minimum setbacks from property lines, neighboring dwellings, streams and wetlands, and maximum number of chickens on each farm.